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The Land Of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book Six

by Jean M. Auel

Random House Publishing Group | November 22, 2011 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Land Of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book Six is rated 1.65 out of 5 by 20.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
In this, the extraordinary conclusion of the ice-age epic series, Earth’s Children®, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and begins arduous training tasks.
 
Whatever obstacles she faces, Ayla finds inventive ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life, searching for wild edibles to make meals and experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandonii must take while honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And there are the Sacred Caves that Ayla’s mentor takes her to see. They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla.
 
But all the time Ayla has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. The rituals themselves bring her close to death, but through them Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change her world.
 
Sixth in the acclaimed Earth’s Children® series

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 848 pages, 6.86 × 4.18 × 1.4 in

Published: November 22, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553289438

ISBN - 13: 9780553289435

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Half the book could have told the whole story. The story line of this book was just as good as the others in the series but it could have been written with half of what I call "filler". A lot of describing various painting in caves, journeys from here to there and non- stuff to fill the pages. Looking beyond that, it was a good book but had I known,I'd have waited til it was on clearance sale.
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So disappointing... I really wanted to like this book, I had invested myself in the series after all. Unfortunately this was a pain of a book to get through. I found it very repetitive and rambling, and the ending was not satisfying at all. While I have some problems with the other books being slightly repetitive also, I always had enjoyed the overall story. The books always ended on a hopeful note, and left me wanting to know what was going to happen next. This time I felt that the characters became unlikable, the loose ends were tied in a messy way that didn't seem honest to me, and most of all I felt let down. "That was it?!" was my exclaim when finished. It almost felt like the author had gotten tired of her own story and just wrote this one because she had too. I almost wish the last book hadn't been written, at least then I could imagine that everyone lived happily ever after.
Date published: 2012-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed I have waited for a very long time with the rest of you Earth's Children series lovers to only be left with more questions than answers...this book was to address Ayla's son Durc and only mentions him in passing a couple of times, I was expecting a meeting or at least a sighting or something and it leads you to think that there might be another long wait ahead for the conclusion???? It left me feeling like I had read it before and before, it had many of the same plant referrals as te other books and the same scene when Jondlar saves Ayla once at the end of Mamoth Hunters..., I also found that the book would just stop and then start years later...I am very sad that I waited so long to have no answers and to have read the same things over and over again...I am sorry Jean, but this book IMO is not even in the same class as the last 5...hopefully you are almost finished the book that will bring Ayla and her sone Durc to meet and have both worlds meet which is what I had thought would happen.
Date published: 2012-01-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crap Jean Auel should to be ashamed of the lousy writing and a huge disappointment to her fans experience with this book. How many times do you want to visit a painted cave and visit a painted cave and then visit a painted cave, I think you can grasp whereI am coming from. A major disappointment I think you will agree. I am not looking forward to her next book that I will probably not buy if it's anything like this one. Shame on you Jean Auel!
Date published: 2011-10-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Where was the editing? I wish I knew Jean personally so that I could give her a hug. I feel so sick for her. I have loved the Earth's Children Series up until Shelters of Stone and hoped The Land of Painted Caves might be the come back. I am wondering if the editor of this one even read the others. Perhaps the repitition was for the editor? I hoped to hear more of Ayla's first born and was sure we were headed there with the extent of travelling in this book. There were 3 interesting parts for me but they all fell flat. The lion hunt, the pregnancy, the affair. I am an artist and thought the painted caves would be very interesting. I was seriously bored to tears. I will continue to recomend the first 3 books.
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needs editing I blame the editors for this rambling boring account of Ayla's adventures. At least one hundred pageswere repeating prior events in Ayla's life'( one event was recounted three times); at least one hundred pages of repetitive and unnecessary dialogue; and one hundred pages of boring repetitive descriptions of caves. There is a good story underneath all this but the book was tiring and disappointing to read.
Date published: 2011-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sadly disappointing end to a great series I gotta say that I fell in love with this series when I found the mammoth hunters in my grandmas books and proceeded to buy all the others and was so excited when I found out she had written another till I started reading it anyway. I think Ayla and jondalar definitally deserved a better ending to their journey then this. It is so repetitive I think I skipped through half of it and didn't miss a darn thing. Plus nothing really happens. I got to the end and just shook my head asking aloud, that's it, that can't be the end?!?! I was so darn disappointed, like opening up a big Christmas present as a kid to find out there are socks in side. *sigh* definitally not the book I had been dreaming about and I still find it leaves so many things unanswered...
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book After some of the poor reviews I thought I would put my positive plug in for this book. Agree with some of the posts that the Mother's Song is perhaps overused but IMO its stressing a point. Descriptions of the caves are somewhat repetitive but the characters are on a journey. I would absolutely recommend this book for Earth Childrens' followers.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from One of worst books I have ever read This is, I believe, my very first negative review on a book. Having a really hard time thinking of something kind to say about it. I loved the first two books in the series, but the series has gotten progressively worse & this one-- well it was painful to finish it. But I promised to review it and I ALWAYS keep my promises! The Good Stuff * Seems to be well researched * Love the sense of community between the women and the raising of the children * Had no problem falling asleep at night -- just read a couple of chapters of this and fell asleep The Not so Good Stuff * The repetition in this book is unlike any book I have ever read before. On many occasions I actually felt like throwing the book across the room in frustration -- but I could have hurt something since the book is so feckin thick (I received the large print edition -- hmm think someone is trying to tell me something) You could have cut almost 400 pages out of the book and there still would be way to much repetition * I never want to hear about someone describing a cave again, and at the beginning I thought that bit was interesting -- but after the 15th cave -- I'm set for life * That mother song written in its entirety over 5 times -- hello I get it - once would have been fine. I will be singing the song in my sleep tonight & which might be a change from the Go Diego Go theme song * Laughable dialogue and plot points. So Jondalar is the first modern daddy who likes to take care of his daughter while mommy goes to work and does drugs. Ayla suffers from a sort of post postpartum depression after losing her baby and tries to kill herself, but gets over it way too quickly -- which is an insult to anyone who has ever suffered from it -- trust me on this point. Ayla can solve every problem, she is little miss perfect and guess what she can talk to animals too. * Ayla has an accent -- yup got that - you didn't have to mention that so many times (hmm get the repetition comment now) * The constant long winded introductions that they go through every time they meet someone new * Hmm, now I am repeating myself. The constant repetition of stories from the previous books * Ok I know this is getting picky but expected Ayla to somehow connect with her first born again * The book honestly really didn't tell us anything new or give us any closer about anything * I liken my experience of reading this to the dismay of seeing the travesty that was The Phantom Menace after loving the original Star Wars series so much - A total disappointment * All of a sudden the story jumps into an explanation of the ice age & it just comes across as a lecture and distracts from the story * Enough with the bodily functions -- NO ONE wants to read about bodily functions (and by the way -- it is written about on many occasions -- yup repetitive again) Favorite Quotes/Passages "She knew that Jondalar was only appreciating; he had no desire to do more than look" (yup that is exactly how I feel about all the attractive men in this world) What I Learned * Some interesting THEORIES about the origin of the species * Might have to change my thought that I will never give a book a DNF rating - and I am a stubborn one, unless there is abuse to a child or an animal, I usually can finish a book no matter how bad it is Who should/shouldn't read * Die hard fans who loved ALL of the books in the series might find something to like * Fans of Painted Caves -- this is your book! * Also highly recommended for insomnia 1 Dewey's Notes from Joan and Ted * The most boring and awful ending to a book I have ever read * I understand that the Zeladoni is a fat old chick there is no need to repeat it so often * I loved the rest of the series and have bought this book to complete my collection, but I will probably never read it again * This was like the ramblings of an old women who is prone to repeating herself * Feckin (yup Joan is the reason I use Feckin all the time, but she says it so much better with her wonderful Irish accent) painted caves * Ted Hated it and kept falling asleep while reading it and he loved the series too I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review -- sorry guys I feel like I should apologize for my review, but had to be honest.
Date published: 2011-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from sadly disappointed Jean Auel should have quit writing this series a couple of books ago. Her last book and this one are so much repetition from the first 3 books that I was able to skip quit a bit of the book and therefore did not have a good read. This book took her into the Harlequin romance genre, and is certainly not worth the money. It's too bad, she started out so well. My other complaint about this last book, is the modern day attitudes and feelings that she has attributed to the characters. I am sure that the people of the day were too intent about survival, to have time to sit and worry about someone else's problems.
Date published: 2011-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from negatively compelled to write a review Frustration prompts me to write this review. As I understand this series has 30 years between creation and conclusion; and also that readers (including myself) yearned for closure.... I feel if the author did not have anywhere left to go with this series she should have finished it with the last book. This frustrating journey of repetitive jibber jabber and factual content reminds me of trying to write a high school paper and doing everything conceivable to achieve the required word count. I agree with previous reviews regarding the monotony of discussing Ayla's unique voice and mannerisms. I also discovered I could read a paragraph and skip 6 or 7 pages, as the author would continue to document the same incident from the perspective of three or four non significant characters. The feeling I am left with as i read this book is the authors passion for the series has been exhausted and she was driven by money to create this conclusion; or .. she simply did not have the means or passion to come up with a suitable conclusion. Perhaps utilizing her energy on a research paper would have been more appropriate.
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Waste Your Money!! How absolutely disappointing!! The author is so repetitious. Here we are at another painted cave...again. Lets introduce Ayla and use all her ties...again. Lets sing the "mother song"....again (and what the hell is with that??). Absolutely nothing happens in this book that's new. I can't believe the publisher didn't pitch this back at Ms. Auel and say "you can do WAY better than this". Save yourself the money and pretend this book was never released.
Date published: 2011-05-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I was so disappointed! From what I've heard this is the last book in the series, and while it was good, it wasn't great. I was expecting this to be a brilliant book to finish off the series but I found I had to force myself to read a lot of it, which is unusual for me with Ms. Auel's books. When I got to the end of the book(on an e-reader) I was shocked that it was done because I just felt like it was tied up too quickly and the story didn't really "end" for me, it felt like it was just left hanging. Perhaps there will be another book? I really wanted to love this book because I love the rest of the series, but it definitely wasn't up to my expectations :(
Date published: 2011-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Land of Painted Caves I have enjoyed reading all of Jean Auels books. I do find that this one tends to back track a lot, to her previous books. Think this book lost a bit of her enthusiasm.
Date published: 2011-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing This last book had so much potential but is a huge disappointment. It got interesting about 3/4 of the way in but too many things happened in a short period of time. It's as if she wrote the ending first, didn't know where to go from there and filled out the rest to get to x number of pages required by the publisher. Lots of re-write of what happened in the previous books (but not as much as in the fifth one) and too many description of caves, songs and people which didn't bring anything to the story. Sad ending for a series that had so much potential.
Date published: 2011-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blech I have nothing good to say about this book, so if you're hoping for positive comments, you'll have to read someone else's review. I used to love this series, but now that I know how it ends, I'm donating all my copies of the books to my local library. I don't want them in my collection anymore. That's how disappointed I am. This book is not only garbage, it's boring, predictable, unbelievable garbage. It's back-to-front, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, end-to-end crap. Ayla and Jondalar have become one-dimensional and uninteresting, and the way they behave at the end of the book is not only completely out of character, it's despicable and almost makes me hate them. If this book had been cut by half its length, it would still have been too long. There's a lot of repetition, and note to Ms Auel: read about one cave, read about 'em all. Do we REALLY need minute descriptions of every single painted cave the bunch of them visit? Yeah, we get it: you're good at research. Do you really still need to prove that after all this time? And do we REALLY need to hear everyone's names and ties every single time every single character gets introduced to someone? They spend the whole damn book travelling! They're constantly meeting new people! WE DON'T NEED TO HEAR IT 600 TIMES. Then there's that Mother Song thing, over and over and over. Please, somebody, make it stop! For an experienced author, Auel does far more telling than showing. I confess I skipped page after page of this book, waiting for something interesting to happen. Something finally does around page 430, but sadly, that's where the book begins to jump the shark. The story moves from boring repetition into soap opera-worthy melodrama complete with overblown marital strife, jealous rages, violent vengeance, inappropriate sexual encounters, and general douchebaggery. The main characters have apparently lost their minds, and by the time they patch things up and get back on an even keel, the exasperation and repulsion you feel make it hard for you to care. I've been an avid reader for over three decades now. I've read a lot of books, but I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in one. This book left a bad taste in my mouth. Somebody pass the mouthwash.
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointing how sad to end this series with this boring poorly written book. Would of been better to leave it after the shelters of stone and write a book on cave art if she finds it so interesting.
Date published: 2011-04-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A huge disappointment! After waiting so long for this last book, it was such a disappointment. I've read the first 5 books several times and enjoyed them more every time I read them. This book did no justice to the characters and was frankly, quite boring. I skim read most of it. Too much was regurgitated from previous books. I bought this book in a ebook version, I will not be buying it in hard copy. Very, very disappointing.
Date published: 2011-04-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor ending to such a strong story For all serious fans of the Clan of the Cave Bear series (Earth's Children), I would urge you to only buy this book if you need a decorative bookend for the rest of them. Not only is this book lacking in story depth, and a seemingly endless description of every blot of paint on every cave wall in Europe, but the author has also seemed fit to either demote main characters to mere shadows of themselves, or even worse, change their base structure entirely. ** SPOILER ALERT** Having Ayla vouch for the wholesale slaughter of a pride of cave lions in the very first chapter-her totem spirit?! Ayla barely pays attention to the child she dreamed of and loved before it was even born, and would have done anything for, like she did for Durc- really? Jondalar's screwing around on Ayla is beyond belief, and then Ayla's drug induced virtual rape is too much... HOW COULD YOU DO THIS?!?! I spent the last $30 to my name to have this book...almost wish I never heard of it...
Date published: 2011-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A big let down After waiting 20 years for this final book in Jean M. Auel's fantastic series, I was SERIOUSLY dissapointed. The book was tedious and repetitious, wasn't plot driven at all, and though several issues were raised during the story, nothing was resolved at the end of the book. The Plains of Passage would have been a better stopping point for the series rather than having the next two books. You read more about Ayla's loooong list of proper names and ties, how she's making her latest tea, or what's happened in previous books than could possibly be necessary, which left me skimming (or skipping) through large portions of the book. If you want meticulous detail, it's there, if you want more story, it's lacking...
Date published: 2011-04-01

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The Land Of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book Six

by Jean M. Auel

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 848 pages, 6.86 × 4.18 × 1.4 in

Published: November 22, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553289438

ISBN - 13: 9780553289435

About the Book

#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
In this, the extraordinary conclusion of the ice-age epic series, Earth's Children(R), Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and begins arduous training tasks.
Whatever obstacles she faces, Ayla finds inventive ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life, searching for wild edibles to make meals and experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandonii must take while honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And there are the Sacred Caves that Ayla's mentor takes her to see. They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla.
But all the time Ayla has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. The rituals themselves bring her close to death, but through them Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change her world.
Sixth in the acclaimed Earth's Children(R) series

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1 The band of travelers walked along the path between the clear sparkling water of Grass River and the ­black-­streaked white limestone cliff, following the trail that paralleled the right bank. They went single file around the bend where the stone wall jutted out closer to the water’s edge. Ahead a smaller path split off at an angle ­toward the crossing place, where the flowing water spread out and became shallower, bubbling around exposed rocks. Before they reached the fork in the trail a young woman near the front suddenly stopped, her eyes opening wide as she stood perfectly still, staring ahead. She pointed with her chin, not wanting to move. “Look! Over there!” she said in a hissing whisper of fear. “Lions!” Joharran, the leader, lifted his arm, signaling the band to a halt. Just beyond the place where the trail diverged, they now saw ­pale-­tawny cave lions moving around in the grass. The grass was such effective camouflage, however, that they might not have noticed them until they were much closer, if it ­hadn’t been for the sharp eyes of Thefona. The young woman from the Third Cave had exceptionally good vision, and though she was quite young, she was noted for her ability to see far and well. Her innate talent had been recognized early and they had begun training her when she was a small girl; she was their best lookout. Near the back of the group, walking in front of three horses, Ayla and Jondalar looked
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
In this, the extraordinary conclusion of the ice-age epic series, Earth’s Children®, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and begins arduous training tasks.
 
Whatever obstacles she faces, Ayla finds inventive ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life, searching for wild edibles to make meals and experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandonii must take while honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And there are the Sacred Caves that Ayla’s mentor takes her to see. They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla.
 
But all the time Ayla has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. The rituals themselves bring her close to death, but through them Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change her world.
 
Sixth in the acclaimed Earth’s Children® series

About the Author

Jean M. Auel is an international phenomenon. Her Earth’s Children® series have sold more than 45 million copies worldwide and includes The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone, and The Land of Painted Caves. Her extensive research has earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists around the world. She has honorary degrees from four universities and was named an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government’s Ministry of Culture. She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon.

Editorial Reviews

“Among modern epic spinners, [Jean M.] Auel has few peers. . . . She deftly creates a whole world, giving a sense of the origins of class, ethnic, and cultural differences that alternately divide and fascinate us today.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“[Ayla] remains plucky, inquisitive, inventive, brave, loyal. . . . There is real sweetness in the saga’s finale, when Ayla’s legacy to the world—both hers and ours—is made clear.”—The Washington Post
 
“[Auel builds] her characters up to legendary proportions throughout The Land of Painted Caves. . . . [Ayla’s] journey has engrossed fans and turned the series into a bestselling phenomenon.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Prehistory comes to astounding life. . . . [Jean M.] Auel’s descriptive powers are top-notch.”—USA Today